Radical Realism About Climate Change



Mainstream politics, by definition, is ill equipped to imagine fundamental change. But last December in Paris, 196 governments agreed on the need to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – an objec...


Insurance: Right or Privilege?


From historical insurance archives, one learns that mankind has always faced both man made and act-of-God risks on human life and property. In the old days, many faced severe weather conditions, sea perils and placed the...


PM Stumbles as he Attempts to Fill Shoes of Meles Zenawi


Expectations were low when the current prime minister of Ethiopia was installed into office. After the era of leadership of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, came to an abrupt end, the current leader was introduced...


Undesirable Side Effect of New Guideline on Relinquishing Shares


The long-standing saga that has held foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin who are shareholders in financial institutions in limbo for about two years was resolved after the National Bank of Ethiopia issued a guideline e...


Canada and Canadians Are No Stranger in Ethiopia


Canada's Foreign Minister,Stephane Dion, was on a tour of three African countries - Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia - this week. In announcing his African tour, the former academic reflected how Canada is home to thousan...


The “Ethnic” Group Underrepresented in the Cabinet


The much anticipated cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was nothing short of a huge disappointment for particularly one "ethnic" group in Ethiopia - Women! They may not have picked up arms to expre...


Hillary Clinton: Better the devil you know


Hillary Clinton should absolutely become American's 45th President. In the words of the respected moderate former Governor of Massachusetts and current libertarian vice-presidential candidate, William Weld - “Hillary i...


A Predicament Found Not on Ideology But Purpose


I would like to start my article with a quote by the Lebanese American poet, K.Gibran: “Those who utter truth know no more than those who do not.” Events of the past couple of years in Ethiopia have gradually deve...


Obama Exits, Having Gently Bent the Arc of Justice


In the shadow of the sad presidency of George W. Bush, the world was introduced to Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention. Looking to make an impression for a Senate run from Illinois, instead, the then 43-year-o...


Free Trade is the Way to Go


Global free trade provides the greatest opportunity to improve human welfare over the next decade and a half. It has already helped lift more than a billion people out of poverty over the past quarter-century. Lowering t...


Untangling Ethiopia’s Export Mixed Bag


Ethiopia has around 128 destinations for its exports, which can be classified into three major categories: Agriculture constitutes 74.5pc of the total export earnings, with 2.2 Billion dollars earned in the 2014/15 bu...


Why Trade Is the Better Option for Ethiopia


To Canada's Brian Stewart, the veteran journalist who helped uncover the Ethiopian famine of 1984 to the world - long before Bob Geldof made it an infamous milestone in the world of charity-giving and imprinted extreme...


Have African Presidents Underperformed Over the Last Decade?


While the quality of governance in Africa has slightly improved over the last ten years, the state of corruption has worsened over the same period. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Index on African Governance launched last...


Movement Seek Env’tal Justice Through Creative Art


Headlines tend to depress. There are countless stories of crisis, violence and misery. Environmental tales fair no better. Accounts of natural disasters, destruction, and collapse fill newsstands to despair. Once in a wh...


Econometrics of Diplomacy in Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy


Econometrics, at the risk of oversimplification, is the use of mathematical methods (especially statistics) to describe economic systems. Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations, with a proud record of political and ter...


New Media, Old Politics


In his statement to the United Nations Summit last week, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn pointed out the challenges posed by social media to his government. The Premier’s decision to put social media in the spotlig...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


Commentary

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


Viewpoint

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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